Syngenta has launched a new brand familiy it's calling Epivio, which is a group of new biostimulants designed to address abiotic stresses through seed treatment. Over the past five years Syngenta has developed abiotic stress management testing capabilities to simulate drought, heat, cold and nutrient stresses. Seed treatment products resulting from this R&D platform are now commercialized under the Epivio brand in combination with other seedcare products to improve plant growth while addressing difficult-to-control pathogens, insects and nematodes.

Epivio products stimulate seedling development by providing micronutrients and biostimulant compounds to the plant and by activating soil microflora, Syngenta says. The resulting natural symbiotic cycle leads to stress tolerant plants. Extensive field trials in Latin America have demonstrated yield benefits averaging 5% to soybean growers under a broad range of conditions.

First sales of Epivio will take place this year in Brazil for soybean and in China for corn. Epivio will then be expanded to additional crops and geographies.